Businesses from across the region attended the launch of the Local Industrial Strategy, which will set out how the region can achieve its ambition for clean and inclusive economic growth.
Around 120 people joined the event, organised by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), in Keynsham on Friday 21 September, 2018.
The West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership are encouraging businesses from Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset to get involved in shaping the strategy.
Speaking at the event, Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “We’re an economically successful region where businesses start, grow and thrive in high numbers. We lead the way in so many sectors; from aerospace to advanced manufacturing, creative to robotics, finance to food, we are perfectly placed to drive innovation and growth here in the region, setting the direction for our economy and pushing for future growth for the UK and the world.
“This is an opportunity to think long-term, to create a vision for the continued success of the West of England. We need to harness our strengths and our innovative spirit, and develop a Local Industrial Strategy based on evidence that everyone recognises and buys into.”
Chairman of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, Professor Steve West, said: “To deliver a successful Local Industrial Strategy, we need input from businesses of all sizes from right across our region, so I was pleased to see so many people at our launch event. We need business to work with us and put forward their views to ensure we understand their needs, now and into the future.”
The event featured a panel discussion, on the opportunities for the Local Industrial Strategy, comprising Katharine Finn, PWC; Neil Douglas, Viper Innovations; David Brown, The Bristol Port Company; Phil Smith, Business West and Mohammed Saddiq, Wessex Water.
Following the launch, there will be four workshops across the region looking at some of the ‘grand challenges’ as set out in the Government’s Industrial Strategy:
- AI and Big Data
- Clean Growth
- Future of Mobility
- Ageing Society
There will also be online surveys and an e-newsletter circulated after each workshop.
Find out more about how you can get involved at westofengland-ca.gov.uk/ourstrategy/